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Urbanized Reviews

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Emma Dibdin
Total Film
February 22, 2012
A rich, ambitious exploration of the ways our surroundings are shaped, and the subtler ways they shape us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 3, 2011
"Urbanized" is a fast zoom out to the big picture: The colonies or hives in which we arrange, display and support our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 13, 2012
The film ticks off a fascinating blend of dos and don'ts for a century that will see even greater numbers of people packing into urban centers.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 25, 2011
Hustwit gorgeously enhances the talking-head commentaries of architects, policymakers, and other progressive thinkers with spatially clean, static-camera compositions -- this time in God's-eye panoramas of earth's ant farm.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2011
A digestible, globetrotting primer on the future of cities filled with bracingly plainspoken professionals and practical optimism, despite a few sketchily drawn crises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
December 13, 2011
Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2011
A lively if schematic overview of city planning at its best and not so best.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 27, 2011
Even viewers with deep knowledge of modern urban planning are likely to learn something from the carefully selected images and thoughtful interviews that make up most of "Urbanized."
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 3, 2011
At the very least, Hustwit drives home the urgency of radically rethinking city life as the world population tops seven billion.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 26, 2011
Maybe this is the best title they could muster -- it's a stinker, depressing or, depending on your mood, vaguely danceable. Fortunately, the documentary itself is grand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 28, 2011
The documentary at times is weighed down by statistics and shop talk, but Luke Geissbuhler's smartly rendered cinematography saves the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 5, 2012
A showcase for many conflicting viewpoints.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 9, 2012
A good (and great-looking) overview of urban planning
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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